Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for March, 2015




Secretary and Company Rep Needed

Volunteers for the positions of Board Secretary, and Company Representative are desired.

If offers are not forthcoming to fill these rolls, it may be possible for workloads to be re-distributed to fill the needs of the group.

If interested, please contact the board member of your choice.


New Publisher for Newsletter Found

Laura Swenson and her family have agreed to take over publishing the newsletter. Please, be patient as they learn the process.



Company Drill will be held on the second Saturday of each month, barring conflicts with shows. See announcements on the Members’ List for time and place.

Also, see Members’ List for information on Camp Drills.

These two types of drills may be coordinated as circumstances permit.





February 7, 2015

Sean McCanna donated several things to the membership at large. Sean also donated another St Andrew’s Cross to the regiment, made of nylon.

1) The Treasurer gave the membership a financial update.

2) Contracts update: nothing new from the previous newsletter for events.

3) Sword Drill will be indoors on concrete the last Saturday of February and the last Saturday of each month, thereafter, barring conflicts with shows. Pike Drill will be on the second Saturday of each month.

4) Officer Reports: no change from previous minutes.

5) Additional Membership Meeting business:

a) Budget: the staff should not spend an excessive amount of time on preparing the budget for this year.

b) Elections: elections were held for Vice President, Secretary, Quartermaster and Company Rep.

i) Vice President: Karen Bastien was reelected.

ii) Secretary: vacant.

iii) Quartermaster: David Vavreck was elected.

iv) Company Rep: vacant.


Next Board Meeting: March 17, 2015



If you need to contact someone associated with Clann Tartan, here is where you find out how. If you are unsure who to contact, you can always email us at: info at clanntartan dot org



Marty Byers


marty dot byers at juno dot com

2/14 - 2/16

Vice President

Karen Bastien


kybastien at gmail dot com

2/15 - 2/17







Bruce Yoder


bruceyoder at juno dot com

2/14 - 2/16


David Vavreck


baethan1630 at yahoo dot com 

2/15 - 2/17

Camp Rep.

Elizabeth Erickson


elizabeth dot erickson at icloud dot com

2/14 - 2/16

Company Rep.





Board meetings are currently held at: 737 Pelham Boulevard St Paul, MN 55114. The doors lock at 7 pm on Tuesdays so members who are interested in attending the meeting should contact Karen Bastien


Chief of Staff

David Vavreck


baethan1630 at yahoo dot com

Assistant Chief of Staff





Marty Byers


marty dot byers at juno dot com


Elizabeth Erickson


elizabeth dot erickson at icloud dot com


David Vavreck


baethan1630 at yahoo dot com 

Head Camp Follower

Helena Thate


helena dot thate at gmail dot com

Assistant HCF





Ann Peters


annedyth at aol dot com


Laura Swenson

651-204-1778 (home) or 715-497-9792 (mobile)

mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net


Margaret KirkPatrick


mlkirkpatrick at usiwireless dot com



Sword Guild:

Come out and learn the ways of Highland defense.

Join the Sword Guild and feel the raw power of the sword.

Sword drill will be held on the last Saturday of the month at 1 pm at 709 Minnehaha Ave E, St Paul MN 55106.

If you are interested, contact Marty Byers (Email marty dot byers at juno dot com).



We will sing and play music of many styles and places from our period. Bring your voice and/or your instrument(s). Neither need be period correct.

The Yoders have graciously offered to host music once a month. We will meet at their house at 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, from 7 - 9pm the 1st Thursday of each month.

To contact the Yoders, call 612-825-4519 or email to Julieyoder at juno dot com.

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-353-1237 or email to baethan1630 at yahoo dot com

Thanks, and I look forward to making some noise with y'all!


We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder at juno dot com.



The Dance Guild gathers twice a month from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.

Dance will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in Roseville.

It is at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Hamline Avenue (Hamline is between Snelling and Lexington). The church is actually encircled by the highway entrance ramp. You may have heard of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Think of this as St. Christopher's-in-the-Cloverleaf :-)>


Historic Site

Clann Tartan has our own historic site near Duluth MN. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in June.

It is currently under quite a bit of snow but we endeavor to have regular work weekends throughout the summer months.

Contact David Vavreck at 612-353-1237 or baethan1630 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.


Be sure to contact your staff if you plan on attending a show event. Try to give at least a ten day notice when possible. This allows proper planning for the feeding of our members, and in some cases is required by event organizers to allow entry as a participant.

In an absence of a full time HCF, David Vavreck has volunteered to take on the duty of collecting event RSVPs. Please send your RSVPs for events to David at baethan1630 at yahoo dot com.


Hello all,

The following is a list of the dates of the events that are currently on the schedule for this year. The staff has met and decided to keep this running list of events in the newsletter to give you a chance to get an idea of what is going on this season as well as keep you updated to changes in the schedule.

The column titled status will include the following information.

Tentative- this means that an event organizer or Clann has expressed a strong enough interest in doing this event that it warrants reserving space on the calendar for the event.

Pending- this is the next stage of an event. This means that the Contracts Administrator has entered serious discussion about Clann doing an event but we are still not committed to the event. You should however if possible think about whether or not you may be able to attend this event.

Scheduled- this means that the board and staff have approved the event and we are committed to providing manpower to making the event happen. When an event is assigned this status please let the HCF know as soon as possible if you can or can not attend this event.

Canceled- This means that for various reasons an scheduled event has been removed from the current season. We will try and give as much notice as we can prior to canceling an event.

Finished- This means that the event has completed successfully.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact staff regarding this matter

Your Staff




Jan 1, 2015

1st Footing


Feb 14-15, 2015

Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN


Feb 15, 2015

A Scottish Ramble


March 14, 2015

Fargo Celtic Festival


April 6, 2015

MN Tartan Day


May 29, 2015

Siege of Woodville


July 18, 2015

Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games


August 22-23, 2015

Chippewa River Rendezvous


September 13, 2015

Bagpipes and Bonfires


October 1-4, 2015

Big Island Rendezvous


October 7-10, 2015

Mankato History Festival






Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music Meetings
February Members' Meeting

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407

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Reasonably priced, accurate 17th century shoes, boots, and other leather items, are available from member Pegeen Rozeske. 218-491-5036

Want to quit smoking? Lose weight? Sleep better? Deal with other issues? Your good Auntie/Cousin Mairi has opened her hypnotism clinic! For more information or to schedule a session, contact me at Mairi2 at juno dot com, or via cell at 651-307-2977.

I look forward to working with you!

Mary McKinley



The group has a policy for the reimbursement of fuel expenses for travel to shows and for payment for hauling the trailer to and from shows.

Personal reimbursement of fuel expenses: Members can request reimbursement for fuel for travel to and from shows. Everyone is eligible for this although the board requests that you only make the request if it is necessary. If everyone who attended a show also requested reimbursement, the total payout could exceed the stipend that the group received. The procedure is as follows: at the start of your journey, fill your tank and note the odometer reading on the receipt. Upon your return home after the event, fill your tank again and record your odometer reading again. This receipt along with any other fuel purchases made enroute represents the fuel used for the trip and the total is the amount to be reimbursed. Send the receipts along with your name and address to the Treasurer. Remember, please don't request reimbursement unless it is necessary, but it is better for you to attend and get reimbursed than for you to stay home because of financial considerations.

Payment policy for hauling the trailer: Because hauling the trailer or a substantial amount of gear can be hard on your vehicle and requires you to perform additional work for the company, we have a different payment policy for hauling. If you haul the trailer, the payment is $.48 per mile from the garage to the event and back to the garage. If you use your own vehicle to haul substantial company equipment from the garage to the event, the payment rate is $.24 per mile. Submit a request stating the number of miles you drove and send it to the group treasurer.

My address is usually in the map section of the newsletter, but for convenience, it is 4736 12th Ave S Minneapolis MN 55407
Bruce Yoder


Items you can submit include research articles, character sketches, and other items pertaining to living history and Scottish Culture. Email your items in either plain text, or MS Word format to newsletter at clanntartan.org or snail mail to our postal address.

Items must be received by the 15th of each month to be considered for inclusion for the upcoming months issue. Mailed submissions will not be returned unless requested. All pertinent submissions will be considered as space permits. All research articles must reference at least three sources. Submissions may be broken in multiple parts.


Our garage is located at 4352 Nicollet Ave S in Minneapolis. Access is in the alley on the west side of Nicollet. South bay of the double garage. Minor problems or issues should be reported to Bruce.

 In the event of an emergency, the landlord is Brad at 763-670-9200